The Supreme Court upheld the ‘double jeopardy’ standard in the United States constitution, but nowhere in the legal arguments did Milwaukee Brewers infielder Mike Moustakas’ name ever come up.
The Fifth Amendment stands: “No person shall be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb,’’ for the same offense.
Well, when the Major League Baseball Players Association sits down next week to open negotiations with MLB’s labor lawyers at the halfway point of the collective bargaining agreement, you can be assured Moustakas will be a prime exhibit.
After all, how can a prized power-hitting infielder be punished not once, but twice in consecutive years, for simply being a free agent?
The Supreme Court’s ruling could have blunt implications for defendants, but in the case of Moustakas, the transgressions against him these past two years threatens the essence of free agency.
He became a free agent for the first time in the winter of 2017 after hitting 38 home runs and driving in 85 runs — the most homers in Kansas City Royals history. And he…